Monday 11 December 2017

Naughty or Nice?

Enjoying food is all about balance, so let foodies Aoife McElwain and Aoife Barry give you a naughty and a nice option each week. Choice never tasted so good!


NAUGHTY: Pitta pockets Philly Style For a take on the classic Philly cheese steak sandwich for two, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a non-stick pan over a high heat. Now fry two seasoned lean fillet steaks (about 100g each) for two to three minutes for medium- rare, or until cooked how you like it.

Meanwhile, toast four white pitta breads and coarsely grate 150g of Cheddar cheese. Once the steak is cooked, slice it into long, fine strips, then stuff the toasted pitta breads with the steak strips and grated cheese, followed by a dollop of American-style mustard and a healthy squirt of tomato ketchup.

NICE: Roasted pepper, spinach and hummus pitta Pre-heat the oven to 200°C, then lightly coat four whole red peppers with a small amount of olive oil. Place on a non-stick baking tray and put in the oven.

Turn them every 20 minutes, using tongs. You will see the peppers start to wither. When most of the skin is darkened and the peppers have collapsed, remove carefully from the oven. When cool to touch, peel off the outside, darkened layer of skin, chop the peppers in two and remove the stem and the seeds from the inside. And there you have it — home-roasted peppers.

Take four wholemeal pitta pockets and spread the inside with hummus. Then layer fresh baby spinach leaves, slices of the roasted peppers and oil-packed (drained) sun-dried tomatoes inside.

This weekend will see a host of foodies descend on Donegal for the Ta ste of Donegal festival. The festivities continue until tomorrow, August 28.

Day tickets are only €2, for which you can enjoy cookery demonstrations from Conrad Gallagher and Catherine Fulvio, as well as tasting the goods of artisan producers.

See on twitter. Meanwhile, the farmers’ market in Naas (Saturdays, 10am-3pm at Tr ax Brasserie on Friary Lane, has a wealth of local produce. See

Cheese lovers


The shops of Sheridan’s Cheesemongers ( have been THE destination for cheese enthusiasts in Ireland since 1995.

Now, fans of the dairy stuff further afield can learn more about Sheridan’s and its products by following the store on Twitter.

Culinary curious


Marni is the culinary nutritionist behind the ‘Delicious Knowledge’ website ( Her tweets direct you to healthy, veggie-packed recipes, where to find her e-books and how to embrace a nutritionally balanced diet. Plus, she’s fun and approachable

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